Hi friends as a someone with an accute case of GAS, I've never been faithful to a brand or felt strongly loyal to any. Yes I mostly shot Canon and Nikon since I had DSLR's, but I loved my Fuji S Pros like crazy, and have had a few worthy Pentax, and even a digital Minolta. I had a couple of Olympus bridges ages ago (before DSLR even existed). I had never touched a Panasonic camera before researching mirrorless. I chose the GX-1 mostly on looks and reviews, cause I'm a sucker for sleek aesthetics, and I wanted the most mature mirrorless technology available at the time of my purchase (the E-M5 yet had to be announced... by a few days !). So all the opinions and feelings I express here are not due to any sort of brand loyalty, and even less fanboyism (or fangirlism in my case, lol), but just my fair and personal observations. Why this long disclaimer ? Because I just got my second Panasonic camera and am about to say how wonderful and impressive those babies are. My GX-1 has shows a definite magenta cast issue that impacted me very much at first. I even listed the camera and had a buyer for it. One hour prior to the appointment I called it off, because otherwise the camera is so darn good that I just couldn't stop trying to work it out. I've given up on cameras within hours in the past, if I felt I wasn't connecting with them, but this one made me WANT to walk the distance to make it work (I solved the problem entirely by adapting to it now). So after being so thoroughly impressed with the GX-1 (I think it's one of the cameras I've enjoyed shooting the most of all the ones I ever had), I tried two Oly bodies and had horrible experience with them. I'm not bashing Oly, their user interface is just designed for brains functionning in the total OPPOSITE direction of mine, is all. To me everything, from the menus, to ergonomics, to design decisions, is just illogical, impractical, upside down and downright maddening. Shooting them was a nightmare. OTOH, Panny seems to do everything like I would have designed it myself, so their cameras just seem totally natural, intuitive, and just genius to me. Anyway since I like to have two bodies and wanted one where I could use both a viewfinder (to focus manual lenses) and a flashgun, I bought a G3, which got delivered today. It's not halway as ugly or plain as people make it to be. It's a well designed, no nonsense camera, that does totally lack the sexy factor of the GX-1, but I do like the semi-matte black finish, the grip is quite nice, and the controls are very good (only the thumb wheel is a tad tight on my copy). Of course the articulated screen is a bonus, it feels sturday and is easy to operate. So how does it perform ? In one word : great. It works like a charm, is VERY similar in everything (IQ wise) to the GX-1, only the buffer seems not on par, the camera isn't capable of flushing the shots and display them nearly instantly like the GX-1 does (or maybe my copy is on the slow side). IQ ? What can I say. I LOVE this sensor. And I shoot jpg, too. I guess a picture is worth a thousand words, so here they are (day one with the camera) : Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available) A snap in natural light. There has been a lot of talk about Panny skintones, no issue here, jpg file : Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available) The PL25 never disappoints : Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available) Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available) A good example of the "Leica rendering" that has been discussed here lately : Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available) With flash : Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available) And an attempt at manual focusing, which is less than ideal with the PL25 (fly by wire) but is much facilitated by the viewfinder : Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available) So welcome to my G3, and I am very much looking forward to continuing to use Panasonic cameras in the future, they're doing a fine, fine job. Kudos Panny.